The Federal Government is investing $112 million for a 6.4km light rail extension on Queensland’s Gold Coast, allowing locals and tourists to travel from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads in just 16 minutes.
Stage 3A will include eight new light rail stations, upgraded pedestrian and cycling facilities and an upgraded bus interchange facility at Burleigh Heads.
It will help support population growth and bust congestion on the Gold Coast – with the population expected to increase by 62 per cent to over 928,000 by 2041.
The light rail extension is expected to be complete and operational by 2023.
Extending the light rail from Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads is a vital step to supporting a growing city like the Gold Coast, connecting communities to the services they need.
The project will bring many opportunities for urban revitalisation at the Burleigh Heads and Nobby Beach precincts and will support 2,400 jobs during construction and up to 39 per year during operation.
The Queensland Government is yet to lock in its contribution.
The extension will have an immediate impact on the South East Queensland region, providing better access to jobs and education opportunities.
Motorists on the M1 Motorway will also enjoy flow-on travel time savings and the local economy will benefit.
With more than 5.2 million trips made since the opening of Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 in December 2017, the addition of Stage 3A will provide further transportation options for local trips, further alleviating congestion for motorists using the Gold Coast Highway to travel toward Brisbane.
It builds on a $460 million Liberal and Nationals Government contribution to the first two stages of Gold Coast Light Rail. A future Stage 3B would complete the entire corridor, connecting Coolangatta Airport with the earlier stages of the Gold Coast Light Rail.